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Taskin yearning to be in contention for World Cup

  • Published at 07:04 pm March 23rd, 2019
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Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed bowls in the nets Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Taskin Ahmed was in fiery form for Sylhet Sixers in BPL T20 2019 before he picked up the injury and got ruled out from Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand in February-March

Right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed expects to start bowling by the end of this month after recovering from an ankle injury, and aims to make a comeback to the national fold in the tri-nation series in Ireland, followed by the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Taskin was in fiery form for Sylhet Sixers in BPL T20 2019 before he picked up the injury and got ruled out from Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand in February-March.

Backed by his 22 wickets in 12 matches in BPL 6, the tall paceman got recalled in the Bangladesh Test and ODI team against the Kiwis. 

The 23-year old eventually finished as the second highest wicket-taker in the BPL, behind Dhaka Dynamites’ Shakib al Hasan, who ended up with 23 scalps in 15 games.

“I had my second running session (Saturday) since the injury. I hope I will be able to start bowling soon this way. So far it is pain free. According to the plan, I should be able to start bowling this month, which will mean I will be available during the Super League of the DPL, but I want to make sure I finish the rehab well first,” said Taskin to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur Saturday.

It is being widely said Taskin is likely to return to the Abahani Limited dressing room, given that they are already short of a fast bowler. 

Taskin had played for Abahani last season, bagging 16 wickets in nine matches.

Having just recuperated from injury, Taskin fully understands that he will have to put his body on the line if he intends to cut it through to the squad for the tri-series involving the West Indies and host Ireland, which will be followed by the World Cup. 

However, the young pacer doesn’t want to miss the glory of representing the country in the flagship ICC event.

“Honestly, my priority is to play in the World Cup because it is a dream to represent your country in the world event. I am not sure what is kept in store for me tomorrow but I am putting my best effort so that I am fully fit for the World Cup,” said Taskin.

“I was part of the 2015 World Cup and the feeling is incomparable to any. I still fully remember my experience from the last tournament. With another World Cup approaching, I will hope that I am fit and ready,” he added.